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One of my favorite things about weekends is the possibility of brunch.  While my weekday breakfasts typically consist of cold cereal or whatever I can safely consume while driving, brunch is a leisurely, no-obligations indulgence filled with foods few of us have time for during the week — foods like french toast.
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When Justin discovered that my familiarity with the Leelanau Peninsula consisted of a single stroll through Sutton’s Bay and a similarly brief visit to Fishtown, he insisted that I get out and explore.  Now, while half the apple harvest hangs in the orchards and grapes still dangle from their vines.  Now, before the crimsons and the goldenrods and the bright greens of autumn fade into the browns and grays and blahs of winter.
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I spent last weekend in North Carolina visiting friends and family, walking barefoot on the beach, and eating Fig Conserve. I’d anticipated a weekend filled with shrimp and crabs and big game fish, and there was plenty of all that, but our late afternoon cheese and fig snacks were among the weekend’s culinary highlights. The Fig Conserve is one of my favorite American Spoon products. It’s filled with chunks of honeyed figs and their tiny, crunchy seeds, all accented with the bright notes of citrus. It’s completely divine — sweet and fragrant and just a teensy bit zippy — and I’d be content to just gobble it up by the spoonful. Of course, it’s generally considered impolite to sit around eating jam straight from the jar, which is where the cheese comes in.
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During the summer, Charlevoix is a bustling resort town full of boaters and shoppers and beachgoers, but once Labor Day has passed, the crowds gradually disperse and quiet settles over the town like a blanket.  Charlevoix remains wrapped in this off-season somnolence until the second week in October when, just as the air has turned crisp and frost has begun to kiss green grass, she kicks off her blanket to host the annual Charlevoix Apple Festival.
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